Latest Highlights:

19 August 240 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Kinder Reservoir

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  Visits since 1 June 2001
DOS News


Derbyshire Bird Report 2012

DBR 2012 Cover

The latest Derbyshire Bird Report published November 2013 with 188 pages, Systematic List PLUS Status of Hobby in Derbyshire and Common Sandpipers in the Peak District 2011 -2012

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Derby Peregrines

Catch up on all the Peregrine news at Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project here

For streaming live video and sound click here. More good news: The project also has been successful in getting nearly £50,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to be spent over the next three years, the grant to be administered by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.



Help your Swifts

Nesting Swifts in the UK are vulnerable to loss of nest sites as buildings are refurbished, but advice is available to protect them during such developments. We would like all DOS members to record Swifts, so that we can keep track of important nesting areas, and encourage developers and contractors to install Swift nesting boxes in building plans. Critically, we need addresses of houses and other buildings where Swifts are seen entering buildings (sure sign of nesting) or the name of the street and town of places where ‘screaming parties’ are seen below roof-height (indicating nest sites are in close proximity). If you could add these details to Swift records you send to DOS in the usual way, we can use them to further their conservation.
We are also keen to hear from members who would be interested in acting as ‘Swift Champions’ to look after the Swift nest sites in their local area, working in conjunction with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT). Champions can help protect Swifts in their area through a number of means such as identifying precise nest sites, local promotion of how people can help Swifts and alerting DWT of any risks to Swift nest sites. Information for Swift Champions will be sent you on request. For more information contact Richard Winspear by e-mail or phone / text 07943 399781 (PS I can rarely manage to answer this phone during working hours).

The Birds of Derbyshire

For details of the new DOS book and how to order click here

See the Meetings and Trips page for the 2013-2014 Indoor Meetings and Fieldtrip programme dates

Check out the Carsington Bird Club website

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Meetings and trips


The next indoor meeting will be in September

The next Field Trip will be in October

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  Site restrictions

Birdwatchers are are asked to respect the following restrictions:

  • Willington GP: Please stay on the main tracks, do not use the gravel company roads and stay away from the water on the Canal Pit
  • Foremark Reservoir: No access at any time to the area along the dam wall or the the west side of the reservoir
  • Ambaston GP: Please stay on the public footpath
  • Drakelow NR: Please do not walk in front of the main hide
  • Aston-on-Trent GP: This is a private working gravel pit with permit only access during working hours. The closer pits can be viewed from the A50 slip road with a telescope but no access should be attempted AT ANY TIME (or you will have to explain yourself to the local constabulary!)

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